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Do you prewash batting when making a jacket?

Old 02-22-2012, 07:11 AM
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I have a front loader. So could I soak the batting in a tub of hot water then spin it in the washer and finally dry it in the dryer?
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:17 AM
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My front loader has a rinse and spin cycle.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:29 AM
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I am actually getting ready to do the same thing. I broke down and bought some poly batting at the LQS. It is Quilter's Dream and feels amazing. I tried shrinking Warm and Natural. It shrunk a half inch per yard with a single washing.

My current plan is to use the poly and the prewashed W&N on two matching flannel quilts I made. The flannel was prewashed. I will then wash and dry them both and see how they turn out it comparison and make my final decision on what to use on my jacket based upon that.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:11 PM
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You definitely want to preshrink before making a clothing item. If you are doing something that is very dark, I would be hesitant to use a poly unless it has a scrim to prevent migrating fibers. Alternatively, use a black poly batting.

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:34 PM
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I just soak in hot water and then put into dryer. In the summer I hang it out to dry for a while so it doesn't take as long in the dryer and is more gentle of course than the spinning.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:46 PM
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i do not pre-wash batting any time-for any project! and i've made lots of jackets, totes, home dec items-
i purchase the batt that is best suited for what i am making- i can simply not even imagine the hassles involved in pre-washing a batt...that just seems---crazy to me- there are so many wonderful batts on the market- with different properties/fiber contents/ shrinkage rates/ quilting requirements- some are specifically made for clothing items- (they say on the package-good choice for clothing items)
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